Questions tagged [thesis]

Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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Will the PhD degree be retracted if the thesis is found to be not novel?

Suppose a person got PhD degree by properly submitting his/her thesis on a particular topic. Assume that neither the student nor the doctoral review committee including supervisor knows that the ...
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How can I cite my dissertation in a paper that will be double-blind reviewed?

A chapter in my dissertation has not been published in an archival conference. I am writing a paper based on the chapter for a conference that does double-blind paper review. The paper will include ...
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Origin of the thesis-degree procedure

It just came to my mind, currently if one wants to obtain an academic degree one must to do a thesis. This is a widely accepted method to prove the knowledge of certain academic level, sort to say. ...
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Should I include independently derived but not novel results in my thesis?

I'm writing up my physics PhD thesis, and am wondering whether to include the derivation of a formula that I worked out myself. I've recently found that this work isn't actually a novel contribution ...
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Is it commonplace for a recruiter to ask to see an unpublished PhD thesis?

I would have thought the document and overall findings are to be a closely guarded secret until defense or publication, so you can imagine my horror that a hiring professor would ask if he can have a ...
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Can you cite other master's theses when writing your own?

I am completing a master's by research (in Humanities), and thus shall be writing a thesis with no class work. I am using both a mixture of primary and secondary source but one item that has me a bit ...
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The difference between literature review and background sections of a dissertation

I was assuming these two were the same. What is the difference between them? How does one relate to another? The context here is an MA (Master of Arts) level social science dissertation in UK ...
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Transitive copying - plagiarism?

I am writing a paper with a co-author. I need to explain some terms in the preliminaries section. I am copying the definitions from my co-authors previous paper. Afterwards, I want to include the ...
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I have found theses on a similar subject to my own, and want to use their references with my own text and a similar flow. Is this plagiarism?

I'm writing my master thesis and found some master and PhD theses with the similar subject. They have lots of useful references at their introduction chapter, and I use those references and create my ...
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Should I correct a successfully completed Master's dissertation before publishing online?

I successfully completed my Master's dissertation a while back and I've decided I would like to publish it online to help others and probably print a copy for myself to up on the bookshelf. The ...
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How should I reference a repository of data and resources created to accompany my publication?

I'm writing a research paper and there's a large amount of code and data related to the study which may be of use to those who would read the study. They can confirm the correctness of the techniques, ...
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Can the word “subsubsection” be used in a thesis?

Can the word "subsubsection" be used in a thesis? For example: The next subsubsection discusses so and so. It is not listed in English dictionaries. What do you think? Thank you
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Physics masters and PhD degrees in England/UK

This question is about academia in the UK/England. I understand that in physics, the PhD thesis one produces must be of their own studies, almost like publishing a paper. If you will, a kind of ...
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Is there a smarter way to search for PhD theses for a specific topic?

Google Scholar seems to have the entry for almost every thesis I can find in google.com. However, I do not know how to search specifically for theses alone. For instance, to find a PhD thesis written ...
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How to thank a teacher in a thesis?

Given that a student wants to thank you her teacher for her assistance to her project thesis, is it polite if she writes any of this at the end of her thesis: Thanks to your assistance, my project ...
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What should I do if, after choosing a Master Thesis topic, I find an existing thesis on it in another language?

I picked a very unique topic for my Masters Thesis, only to find out that there is a Dissertation on the same topic, from 2008, in French. No other books have been published on this topic. Ugh... I ...
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How long should I wait for the response of the referee?

i wrote a message to the Editor to inquire about my revision sent about 4 months ago. He informed me yesterday(March 20th, 2014) that my manuscript has already completed 1 review. However, we are ...
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Pros and cons of sharing dissertation on a specialised website?

I am wondering what are the advantages/drawbacks of sharing a dissertation on a specialised website (for example Social Capital Gateway). There are a number of repositories available and they seem to ...
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Publishing thesis as a book

One of the answers here says that some researchers in humanities publish their thesis as a book. Could the same be done for example in physics, chemistry or math degree? By book I mean the whole ...
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Creating a schematic figure based on an existing one

In the context material chapter of my masters dissertation, between other things, I must write about the state of the art on the thematic presented. There are some very expressive and simple schemes ...
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Is it advisable to hand in a thesis by visiting my supervisor's house?

I have to hand in the thesis to my supervisor, but I could neither find him in the faculty nor contact him, but I know his house. Is it advisable to hand in a thesis by visiting my supervisor's house?...
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Is it acceptable to ask a professor who is not your supervisor to give you M.S. thesis topic?

I'm currently a M.S. student. My supervisor give me freedom to choose thesis topic. Since it is so hard for me, I decide to ask another professors whom I consider to be their PhD candidates in future. ...
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“We” when I mean “I” or should I say “the author”? [duplicate]

I am currently working on my thesis and facing the problem of choosing between "I", "We" or "the author" when I want to talk about things I defined, decided etc. I am the only author of my thesis, but ...
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Why is peer-review for journals free of charge but not for other academic documents?

Peer-review is an important part of decision-making in academia. Journal reviewers do not get paid. BUT funding agencies pay for the same peer-review (of research proposals). OR universities pay the ...
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Some collection of students' theses or dissertations [duplicate]

I want to looking for information in graduating level. Is there any collection or library which provide students' theses or dissertations of many universities? Googling just find library for each ...
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Which survey software to use?

I want to create a fairly long survey for my doctoral research. The target audience is teachers in the area. I have the option of using the software my institution provides (Qualtrics), Google Forms, ...
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What is the difference between a masters thesis, a PhD thesis, and a journal paper?

From my understanding, a PhD thesis has more original/substantial contribution to the field than a masters thesis. Because of the time invested in a PhD thesis, it is more ambitious and expected to ...
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Why shouldn't I take a risk to make my thesis have better design?

I am making a final dissertation for my graduation. I want it to have a better design than the boring traditional. When I read this and this, I think that the downside is because it makes the thesis ...
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Revocation of Master Degree

I didn't give the dimensions of the machine that I designed in my master thesis. My supervisor said that you don't need to give dimensions and said that they are useless for a thesis: you don't make a ...
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How important is the write-up of a PhD thesis for an academic career?

How important is your written PhD thesis for an academic job search, assuming the results are already written in papers? Do search committees ever read your thesis in addition to your papers? My PhD ...
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Must a master's thesis fall within one's advisor's area of expertise?

When I studied my bachelor's degree, my professors often let me write papers in whatever area I wanted, even if it was an area completely outside of their expertise. Within master's programs, is this ...
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How can I help my advisor not lose face when changing from a thesis to non-thesis program?

I am a comajor masters student who is experiencing difficulties in timely responses from my advisor. It has taken an average of almost 4 months for me to get feedback each time I have received ...
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Is it ok to fail with analysis?

I'm a graduate student and I am really worried about the quality of my master thesis. It's my second year in graduate school and I've already done some pilot studies. But, entering the school, I was ...
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Requesting a copy of the PhD thesis from an author?

I think that many unpublished theses are available in libraries etc and reading relevant theses is a normal part of research and does not involve asking the author's permission. But suppose a ...
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Informing my supervisor of discrepancy in the results

I am working on my MPhys thesis, on a certain dataset. Part of this dataset has been analyzed by my current supervisor during his PhD, with published results. He asked me to expand on that work by ...
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Can an advisor write a student's PhD thesis?

I've recently discovered a strange situation. A few years ago, a senior mathematician published a certain solo paper X. A few years prior to that, one of his students wrote a thesis Y on the same ...
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Is it advisable to upload your PhD thesis on Biorxiv?

The university theses repository is not indexed in the main scientific literature search engines. This issue makes finding a thesis difficult, and it's a problem especially because after PhD many are ...
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I didn't acknowledge someone who helped with my thesis, is there anything I can or should do now?

I received help with some aspects of my PhD thesis from a tutor (proofreading and graphics). Of the help I received, some mathematical notation they provided made it into my thesis. However, I did ...
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With regards to PhD theses, what level of knowledge should one assume the reader to have? And, if needed, where should basic information be placed?

With regards to PhD thesis that spans several disciplines, at what point does one assume that an article doesn't require explanation and it is standard knowledge? I have had this discussion with ...
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Can a PhD thesis be confidential?

A colleague of mine had an excellent PhD project and she published good papers during her PhD. When I asked her to give me her PhD thesis, she told me she can't because her PhD project was ...
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Is it expected that a part-time masters student publish before transferring to a PhD?

After reading this question, I am curious as to the publication expectations for part-time students. I am a Mlitt Student (working full-time and studying part-time) and am in the process of switching ...
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Can I use a Google map in my PhD thesis?

I want to use a map downloaded from Google maps in my PhD thesis. Does Google allow me to do this? Do I need permission from Google?
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Is it a good idea to link your LinkedIn profile in the CV section of your dissertation?

I've passed the disputation and am now preparing the document for the printing press and final submission. We're required to have a CV in the back matter of the dissertation, and I was wondering if it ...
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Is it okay to ask someone for an (electronic) copy of their PhD thesis if it is not available online?

I am a PhD student and recently I came across a researcher who is currently an assistant professor. I don’t know them. But I want their thesis, which is currently not available online. I want to know ...
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Using a source and being unable to cite it

I am writing my thesis, and during my work, my advisor supplied me with some confidential documents that he still has from his previous work. Part of my work is based on these documents and I am ...
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Is there anything to do while waiting for results of a thesis examination?

I handed in my PhD thesis for examination. From reading the examination instructions it appears that if I get my degree, it could be between 6 weeks to a year. It all depends upon the comments I get ...
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Is it customary to include a dedication in an honours thesis?

I am compiling my thesis, and have noticed that the LaTeX template that I am using provides space for a dedication. Whilst I do have an individual whom I want to credit with being a source of ...
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Is it common for PhD programs to require students to have a minimum number of papers to be eligible for the defense?

In some countries like mine (Iran), you are asked to have at least two papers printed or accepted in an ISI journal before you can claim for your PhD thesis defense. Is it like that in other ...
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Reusing material from thesis proposal in final thesis

I'm writing my final thesis and there's a lot of material I would like to reuse from my proposal -- introductions, motivations, etc. -- and it would be nice to just copy-paste (and update a bit) ...
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Is it acceptable to cite a textbook for basic background in a master's thesis?

There's one theoretical concept I feel I need to explain briefly in the literature review portion of my MA thesis, but it's very slightly tangential and I don't want to spend more than a paragraph on ...